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Jets score three third-period goals to down Rangers

Dec 2, 2013, 10:02 PM EST

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On the road, the Winnipeg Jets were the dominant team in the third period of a tied hockey game against the New York Rangers.

The visiting Jets scored three times in the final 20 minutes – including a pair from Olli Jokinen – to break open a 2-2 deadlock after two periods on route to a 5-2 victory at Madison Square Garden.

The Jets are still trying to fight their way back into the playoff picture in the Central Division, and have won three of their last four games as they continue the back half of their six-game trip through the Eastern Conference.

This little streak has brought the Jets up to 30 points, which, for the moment, put them five back of the Minnesota Wild for that fourth spot in the Central.

Meanwhile, the Rangers just can’t seem to get on a winning track. The loss drops them back to the .500 mark, with a 14-14-0 record in the Metropolitan Division.

Their recent trend over the last five games: Loss, win, loss, win, loss.

“Is this a .500 (hockey) club? We’re certainly playing like one right now,” said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault afterward, according to Katie Strang of ESPN.

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